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October 26, 2010 6:03:38 PM

Hello everyone!

I'm trying to build my own computer for gaming purposes. However, it's my first time. Please help.

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-3 months

Budget Range: 20,000-25,000 Peso currency

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (DotA1/2, SC2, Korean MMORPG and perhaps some hardcore ones from time to time), watching live streams (NBA or DotA/SC2), Movies, Music, Internet browsing, Adobe Photoshop.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Speakers & OS. Will be re-using an old Diamond Evolution AVR 500w (8yrs old).

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:
Catalog&Pricelist

Country of Origin: Ph

Parts Preferences: Core i5 with Asus MOBO but I'm open to other opinions.

Overclocking: Maybe in the future.

SLI or Crossfire: Yes. A year or two from now.

Monitor Resolution: 1024x768. Really I have no idea what's good for gaming.

Additional Comments: I'm trying to build this PC around an Core i5 processor. I have already reached my budget with the parts below. I could stretch it a bit, or if not... well, bye bye i5, hello (insert lower model name here).

I'm pretty worried about it's perfomance so any feedbacks will be appreciated.

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Please see price list above.

MOBO: Asus P7H55-V V/S/GL/ddr3
PROCESSOR: INTEL CORE i5 760 2.8 LGA1156
HDD: Seagate Barracuda 500gb 7200rpm SATA
RAM: 4gb (2x) Kingston 2GB PC3-10600 DDR3 1333
GRAPHICS CARD: Powercolor HD5570 1GB DDR3 128bit DVI/HDMI



Questions:
1. Are all parts compatible?
2. Do I need both PSU and AVR for this?
3. If so, what kind of PSU do I need?
4. Is this build already capable for future upgrades?
5. Is the graphics card enough?
6. Is sound card a necessity? I mean does it make any difference when playing/playing music?
7. What else do I need?


Thanks in advance!

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a b 4 Gaming
October 27, 2010 5:18:01 AM
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For a gaming PC, more than the CPU, GPU is important...
For a budget gaming PC, here is a config -

CPU - AMD Tri-Core - AMD Athlon II X3 4xx - This would cost slightly higher than the X2 255 and cheaper than the X4

Mobo - Asus M4A88T-M AMD 880G/DDR3/A/V/GBLAN

RAM - Kingston would be fine, but check for Corsair or GSKillz

GPU - With the money saved on the CPU, get the ATI HD 5770

PSU - A quality 450W+ PSU from Corsair/ Seasonic/ Silverstone/ OCZ/ Antec/ Cooler Master Silent PRO or Real Power series
October 27, 2010 9:03:19 AM

At the moment, I'm still trying to squeeze the budget so I can build something around an Core i5. However, as a back up plan, I have an AMD build that looks like that, though I chose X4. Is there any significant difference between them? For the PSU, we don't have those kind of brands. The best that I could get is Gigabyte (costly).


Thanks for that gkay09!
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a b 4 Gaming
October 27, 2010 9:14:13 AM

^ If gaming is the main concern, then I wouldnt bother spending on the CPU much...like I said, the X3 offers very good performance...
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/athlon-ii-x3-440-ga...

PSU - Gigabyte Superb 450W+ would be needed if you want to run the PC without any issues(with a powerful graphic card like HD 5750 or above) else you would run into issues like -
- bad 3D performance
- crashing games
- spontaneous reset or imminent shutdown of the PC
- freezing during gameplay
- PSU overload can cause it to break down
October 27, 2010 10:34:03 AM

I get your point. Though as a student, I don't have the resources to change my PC once every couple of years. 5 yrs could be the minimum time, so before if I switch to an AMD built CPU, will it last? Does X3 440 capable of future upgrades? Like what I've been reading on this website, SLI/Xfire? Estimate lifespan?

The reason why I ask is because I've been using an Intel CPU for a decade now. I'm used to it and AMD is fairly new to my ears. Read couple of articles bout it, but haven't really experience anything.
a b 4 Gaming
October 27, 2010 11:35:27 AM

^ AMD has been in the market for many years now,...
And there are many Quad-Core and 6-Core CPUs which you can drop on to the AM3 boards...
But if you are planning to keep the PC for a long time, then get the Phenom II X4 955,...would save you a bit compared to the i5...
Like I said, for a gaming PC, GPU is more important than the CPU...
October 28, 2010 8:54:49 AM

Any overheating issues with AMD processors? Someone told me that it overheats faster than Intel if used for gaming like 15-24 hours.

Okay, so I'm a bit decided now. If budget is not enough for i5, I'll take the AMD way.
a b 4 Gaming
October 28, 2010 10:06:34 AM

^ No, if the case is well ventilated, then you wont face any heat issues...
a b 4 Gaming
October 28, 2010 1:23:55 PM

Case - Aerocool VS 9 might be a good cheap option...

UPS - It would depend upon your location - If frequent power cuts and lot of power fluctuations, then getting an UPS would be a good idea...
November 1, 2010 10:01:32 AM

Thanks gkay! Appreciate the help.
November 1, 2010 10:37:05 AM

hey im from the phil to, you also buy here it has more parts and cheaper to!

here's a much better config for gaming

cpu:AMD Athlon II X3 440 3.0ghz 3x512kb--------------------------3,440

mobo:Asrock 880GM-LE AMD 880G ddr3-----------------------------3,050

ram: Team Elite 2gb ddr3-1333 pc3-10600 CL9 (9-9-9-2--------1,720

psu:HEC 500watts Raptor 500 power fan NON MODULAR psu---2,150

case:Antec 300AB advanced gamers Case, pure black edition---3,100

hdd:500gb Seagate™ 7200.12 16mb---------------------------------1,999

gpu: Inno3d GTX 460 1GB/256bit DDR5------------------------------9,490

total:24,949


i5 would not be suitable with your budget as gkay said. also he's right. games would depend on gpu more than the cpu. an athlon x3 is a good choice. just like the benchmarks has. and with that games a a midrange gpu would be good to go with a low bugdet.
November 1, 2010 11:40:02 AM

Oh and btw AMD has been around since 1969 =[
November 1, 2010 1:30:16 PM

xurwin said:
hey im from the phil to, you also buy here it has more parts and cheaper to!

here's a much better config for gaming

cpu:AMD Athlon II X3 440 3.0ghz 3x512kb--------------------------3,440

mobo:Asrock 880GM-LE AMD 880G ddr3-----------------------------3,050

ram: Team Elite 2gb ddr3-1333 pc3-10600 CL9 (9-9-9-2--------1,720

psu:HEC 500watts Raptor 500 power fan NON MODULAR psu---2,150

case:Antec 300AB advanced gamers Case, pure black edition---3,100

hdd:500gb Seagate™ 7200.12 16mb---------------------------------1,999

gpu: Inno3d GTX 460 1GB/256bit DDR5------------------------------9,490

total:24,949


i5 would not be suitable with your budget as gkay said. also he's right. games would depend on gpu more than the cpu. an athlon x3 is a good choice. just like the benchmarks has. and with that games a a midrange gpu would be good to go with a low bugdet.


With the things I've read, AMD processors are most compatible with ATI gpu's. True?

BTW, do they have a store in Gilmore?

@zooted: Est in 1969? Now, that's old.
November 1, 2010 11:24:38 PM

yes they have a shop at gilmore. thats where i buy. not that they are always compatible. it depends on the motherboard. intel and amd cpu have different sockets and motherboards has different chipsets. but a nvidia card can also be use. its not that amd=ati or intel=nvidia. try searching to learn a little more about this motherboards

try reading this and this
November 7, 2010 2:02:48 AM

Best answer selected by Zeeevil.
November 7, 2010 2:03:17 AM

Thanks to all who helped. :) 
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